Author: Heather Muran

Now That’s Italian!

Café Roma opened its doors in San Luis Obispo in May of 1980 with Maria Rosa and Joseph Rizzo. They married in Italy in 1961 and owned restaurants in both Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada before calling SLO their home. Here is their story of how family and food came together to create a restaurant that has been a part of the San Luis Obispo community for nearly 40 years.

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Romeo “Meo” Zuech (1926-2017)

Romeo “Meo” Zuech was an Italian-born aerospace engineer who retired from Rocketdyne in 1983 and established the Piedra Creek Winery in the Edna Valley in 1984 with his wife Margaret. Margaret and Romeo “Meo” Zuech were Legends for introducing grape varieties from the Alto Adige, Italy region to San Luis Obispo County and Edna Valley. Together they planted Gewurztraminer, Lagrein, Dornfelder, Marzamino, and Teroldego. Margaret and Meo were the first to bring the Lagrein grape to the United States from Meo’s homeland in Bolzano, Italy.

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